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Deducting home office from taxable income

Hi All,

I was informed that it was possible to deduct my home office expenses (i.e. a portion of my rent) from my taxes. I have received a letter from my HR department confirming that my home office is at my expense but I am not sure on how to make the deduction in the tax return.

Can anyone offer any advice on this point?

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Old 17.04.2012, 13:49
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Hi All,

I was informed that it was possible to deduct my home office expenses (i.e. a portion of my rent) from my taxes. I have received a letter from my HR department confirming that my home office is at my expense but I am not sure on how to make the deduction in the tax return.

Can anyone offer any advice on this point?

Thanks.
It is, but the deduction is only possible if the room has no other domestic purpose, purely set up as an office/workplace, certainly that is what our accountant told us. So working from home with a lappie on the sofa is a not acceptable. I have and einzelfirma and the room is solely an office, other than occassionally sticking the clothes airer in here, so it's ok. However, my wife is employed and the accountant said to attempt to claim an expense for her would be highly questionable as the amount she does from home is quite small and she claims travel expense, so you can't really do both. I.E you can't be claiming travel expense for work, and for working from home at the same time.

We simply note how much we pay for rent/phone/internet per annum with the supporting bills, and the accountant makes the % deduction on our joint tax form.
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Re: Deducting home office from taxable income

Thanks for the feedback, when you say that she "claims travel expense" do you mean that she claims her commute to work via train/car? or is she claiming something additional to the standard commuting deduction?
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She buy's her tickets monthly and keeps the tickets/receipts, and whenever I drive her the KM's are noted and the accountant claims this back.... AFAIK
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If you cannot make claims on travel, can you claim meal expenses?
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If you cannot make claims on travel, can you claim meal expenses?
How do you mean exactly? Generally there is an allowance if you have to work a significant distance away from home and that might be reduced if there is a subsidised canteen available. This is known as Mehrkosten fuer Verpflegung.
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How do you mean exactly? Generally there is an allowance if you have to work a significant distance away from home and that might be reduced if there is a subsidised canteen available. This is known as Mehrkosten fuer Verpflegung.
I claimed for meals for 240 days a year when I was registered with the RAV, I did do plenty of Zwischenverdienst, they never queried the no of days.
When I left CH an accountant did my final tax return, he 'corrected' my mistake on the draft which I asked him to change back. He did & it was approved.
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I claimed for meals for 240 days a year when I was registered with the RAV, I did do plenty of Zwischenverdienst, they never queried the no of days.
When I left CH an accountant did my final tax return, he 'corrected' my mistake on the draft which I asked him to change back. He did & it was approved.
I know you like to share your little stories but I don't understand how this has much relevance to the question or my post in particular unless it's a roundabout way of saying nevermind the rules just make a claim anyway and see if it gets approved. Not meaning to be unkind just I very often struggle to see the relevance within the post. Feel free to delete this post as it adds nothing to the thread.
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How do you mean exactly? Generally there is an allowance if you have to work a significant distance away from home and that might be reduced if there is a subsidised canteen available. This is known as Mehrkosten fuer Verpflegung.

Last year I worked mainly from home....does that mean I can claim neither travel nor meal expenses?
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Last year I worked mainly from home....does that mean I can claim neither travel nor meal expenses?
Depends on the canton, I would claim for both & see if they correct or accept your mistake.
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Last year I worked mainly from home....does that mean I can claim neither travel nor meal expenses?
OK, many cantons are allowing their residents to claim travel expenses like they would have done prior to the working from home requirement even if those expenses were not actually incurred. You can google for it for your particular canton and you should be able to find what they allow.

I don't think you can in normal times legitimately claim for meals if you're working from home, but there might also be some kind of coronavirus dispensation for this.

You can of course attempt to claim for any/every possible deduction and allow the tax office to decide but not everyone would be comfortable with such an approach and it could be seen, in the worst case, as an attempt to defraud (although it seems even with this view no-one is ever penalised for it and with confusion over the coronavirus rules probably would be no problem at all.)
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I know you like to share your little stories but I don't understand how this has much relevance to the question or my post in particular unless it's a roundabout way of saying nevermind the rules just make a claim anyway and see if it gets approved. Not meaning to be unkind just I very often struggle to see the relevance within the post. Feel free to delete this post as it adds nothing to the thread.
There was a public discusion some time ago because when the whole home office things started people were trying to claim office expenses on their tax returns.

In Kt Zürich at least there was a ruling that you cannot claim office expenses for COVID-related home office, but you can continue to claim commuting expenses, even if those expenses are fictional due to you not actually commuting. Same as representation expenses. So if you're working from your sofa and wearing your pyjamas you can still claim to be dry-cleaning your tuxedo. I guess the same applies to your canteen allowance.
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